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Friday, January 19, 2007

Breaking news: Protestors call for the release of political prisoners

A crowd of young people celebrating the Holy Epiphany denounced EPRDF's rule. The protestors shouted slogans, which called for the release of Kinijit leaders and other political prisoners in front of the palace. A few demonstrators were heard chanting, "Woyane is thief!" as palace guards watch them alertly.

The celebrations were low key this year with thousands of people preferring to stay at home, opposing the political partisanship of the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

We will be there; I hope the Banda regime will be dealt with for once and for all!! It is now that we all have to stand up!!! Let it gather momentem!

Urael, You are doing a fantastic work! Keep it up Please....
Getachew, Amsterdam

Anonymous said...

Hei body
You hide in Amsterdam and push our poor fellows to fight and chaos.
I have a problem with you and at times with this blogger in that you always relate every thing to Politics.
My friends, there are millions who celebrate epipheny and they are doing that not because they support EPRDF. But because they (we)love and want to profess their (our) religion. Our church is poor and fragile enough to be broken. Please, for Gods sake, leave the church alone and just go to the palace if you can. Do not break our church more than it already is.
Thanks God we dont have you guys as rulers. May be the bad EPRDF is better than you, believe it or not.

Anonymous said...

For Hei body above,
From Andenet - Arba Minch.
Yes you right we celebrate epipheny because our religion is our LIFE. But here is your problem, you said 'EPRDF is better than you' are you serious or you just jocking? if you are serious, I am not kidding you need to see a Doctor (Psychiatrist). Can`t you see the true leaders of mother Ethiopia in Kality by a guy who even couldn`t finish his second year college at AAU. Remember those people in Kality did not grew up in bushes. Please check them out know the truth yourself unless you are Woyane. I have no doubt that freedom will prevail in Ethiopia and every one of them will face justice. Yes let me agree with you again our church seems to be broken because of `lebaw` Pawlos but make no mistake GOD is watching and once this thives cleared, the 14 years damage and looting can be fixed in a year because the 75 million people will work as one.
GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA.

Anonymous said...

The resistance is continuing unabated no matter what the Tplf regime does to deflect people's attention. Melles and his Tplf regime will be history soon like the one time darlings of the west, Saddam Hussien, Mobutu Seseseko, Samuel Doe etc.

Anonymous said...

The problem is that Ethiopians love fantasy and are allergic to reality. You talk about some doom day when all is about to break out but when one looks at the news what do I see:
1. African Development Bank relocating to Addis.
2. Textile factory from Turkey relocating to Addis.
3. Flower producing co's from Uganda relocating to Addis.
4. 185 Million dollars granted to fight poverty.
5. New cement and other factories being built.
6. Every major leader in the world coming to Addis.
7. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN ETHIOPIA PRESENTLY IS NOT HAVING ENOUGH CEMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION BOOM FOLKS. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A NATION ABOUT TO FALL.

But, the ethiopia loves the fantasy over the reality.

Keep dreaming.

Anonymous said...

To the anonymous above-

Now look who is dreamin!

Thanks for the update EZ.

Anonymous said...

To Andenet from Arba Minch:
"May be the bad EPRDF is better than you, believe it or not."
Please don't take the statement out of the context. The guy is saying that maybe EPRDF is better than you because he feels that (*you) is trying to tell people to fight from the comfort of (*you's) desktop. Not defending the statement or anything but I'd hate to see you use the word out of context.
*replace with a person of your choice.
Peaces!

Anonymous said...

To the person above,
My Friend yes you are right the following sectors and organisations are moving to Addis.

1. African Development Bank relocating to Addis.
Yes It needs to coordinate its work with the AU an ECA. Thanks the works done in the past.
2. Textile factory from Turkey relocating to Addis.
The US has given Ethiopia tax allowances to the United States till 2009. This is due to poverty EPRDF created by its land policy.
3. Flower producing co's from Uganda relocating to Addis.
Very true but Ethiopia is closer to Europe than UGANDA moreover the altitude of UGanda is less than 1600 which reduces the head size of the rose. leave alone they will save on logistics and the World bank incestives.
4. 185 Million dollars granted to fight poverty.
They are buying their own security. More poverty creates problem in the regions which threatens their peace. There is nothing called a free lunch.

5. New cement and other factories being built.
This is a joke and I'm not going to address it as it will degrade the issues.
6. Every major leader in the world coming to Addis.
Who ... could you please name one....
7. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN ETHIOPIA PRESENTLY IS NOT HAVING ENOUGH CEMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION BOOM FOLKS. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A NATION ABOUT TO FALL.

I disagree , the biggest problem in Ethiopia at the moment are as follows:-
1. Luck of Individual rights
2. Independent justice system
3. Accountable police force
4. Professional Army
5. Free media

If we had the above institutions, EPRDF would not have been in power for the last two years.These are the problems. But then again as an EPRDF supporter I don't expect you to think thus far.

Laynut

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Anonymous said...

The above picture seems to tell the truth.

patriotic-ethiopian said...

The low turnout means a sign of boycotting all things assoicted with TPLF/WOYANE. Even if the celebration is religious, but the people who are leading the celebration are CRIMINALS. FAKE abune pualos is BLASPHEMOUS!!! thinking of GOD and his message of peace in front of a BLASPHEMOUS FAKE abune will mean an insult to GOD himself. These are people even GOD HAS BOYCOTTED THEM, THERE IS NO REASON AS TO WHY ETHIOPIANS WILL SHOW RESPECT TO A DEVIL'S ADVOCATE in the name of GOD.

This is an indication to the coming millennium celebration organized by TPLF/WOYANE. No one will appear! Everyone will be celebrating at home with their families and neighbors in a Tigre Free Zone environment. If people are upset enough to boycott Ethiopian epiphany, a celebration that has more meaning to the ten commandments; imagine how they would feel about a celebration organized by enemy who is mocking over their leaders by stashing them in jailhouse and kill their children on the streets. Recently, TPLF/WOYANE convicted Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam as some one who perpetrated mass killing, and they shunned the TPLF/WOYANE MASS MURDER IN THE STREETS OF ADDIS ABEBA. Talk about double standard. Meles does not know that unlike Mengistu he will NOT be getting life in jail, he will be brought to the public court where he will face the very mothers whose children he killed in their own country and cities. He will be facing the children whose mother was murdered by TPLF/WOAYEN SNIPERS FROM ROOF TOPS WITH LIVE BULLETS.

Personally, I welcome the boycotting of the epiphany if the reporte is accurate. I wish the Ethiopian people to boycott the millenium celebration to show our displeasure. Ethiopian Diaspora should stay put in their respective adoptive countries and celebrate Geez-Millennium at home with their families and friends. I am celebrating Geez-Millennium at home with my family in a Tigre-Free-Zone. I called all my Ethiopian friends and we are having the best supper there is. Later we will be talking about our movement and the struggle our brothers/sisters are putting up against TPLF/WOYANE/Tigre opression and the way to ward-off the threat TPL/WOYANE imposes to our region.

I support the people calling "TPLF-BANDITS!" for they are bandits and theives. As someone ones said there is an end to all parties, TPLF/WOYANE and their supporters are going to finish their celebration one way or another. I am afraid there is a stand-off coming soon. A stand-off between all Ethiopians at one end and the corrupt and thief organization on the other end and we will overcome them easily. We will pay some lives but the final victorious outcome is undoubtedly ours. As it is we are lossing some lives so adding a few more will guarantee us our freedom from TPLF/WOYANE, so why not give some more now and gain our freedom sooner so we will compensate those who perished in the struggle against TPLF/WOYANE tyranny. Those Tigres who are supporting the regime just because they think its a Tigre regime should re-consider their position. and in today's epiphany they should get baptized as Ethiopians after repenting and dinouncing TPLF/WOYANE. Because they will not get another epiphany chance before they denounce this oppressive regime. The next epiphany every Ethiopian will be celebrating it in a TPLF/WOYANE-Free-Ethiopia.

VICTORY TO ETHIOPIN MAJORITIES!!!
DEATH & DESTRUCTION TO TPLF/WOYANE!!!!!

PATRIOTIC-ETHIOPIAN

Anonymous said...

For the above keep dreaming Anon you said "ethiopia loves the fantasy over the reality.". I think Weyanne and meles are living in fantasy becaue they're trying to implement disaster ethnic aparthied system that is oppressing the majority people and trying to control their lives by preventing to exercise basic human rights such as voting, information access, independent justice sytem. So who is living out of the reality I think Meles and weyannes are; because they are trying to implement aparthied system that was abandoned even by the south african minority whites who used to enjoy most the western power support in the 21st century. Also, all this investment bla bla..is it just controlled by TPLF and Meles Tribalist and their sponsor Sheik Alamudi for the majority ethiopian Meles leadership means a future withou any vision except begging, starving, killing, Aids, war, ethnic hatered, division, conflict...etc

Anonymous said...

Lanut:

"But then again as an EPRDF supporter I don't expect you to think thus far."

Dear Laynut: like a true Ethiopian you choose to make a conclusion and Mutilate the facts to suit your conclusion. This may be a shock to you but I am not an EPRDF supporter. I know, like a true Ethiopian you have to put me in a box, label me with XYX, then you don't have to THINK.


You said:

1. African Development Bank relocating to Addis.
Yes It needs to coordinate its work with the AU an ECA. Thanks the works done in the past.

I say: Let us go with your assumption that it is thanks to the work done in the past. But that still does not negate the fact that ADB moved to addis because it feels it is a STABLE place to be in. Which contradicts your dooms day scenerio. That was the point. I don't care who takes the credit as long as Ethiopia prospers.


You said:
2. Textile factory from Turkey relocating to Addis.
The US has given Ethiopia tax allowances to the United States till 2009. This is due to poverty EPRDF created by its land policy.

I say: "Tax Allowances?" I think our dear scholar was trying to say the AFRICAN OPPORTUNITY ACT. Guess what? As the name implies, the opportunity is for a lot of African Countries to export textile. But still, the point isn't that. The point is, a textile factory, fully confident in the Ethiopian economy and stability is relocating its plant to Ethiopia. The move is an indication of how they perceive Ethiopia. As a stable place to do business in.

You said:
3. Flower producing co's from Uganda relocating to Addis.
Very true but Ethiopia is closer to Europe than UGANDA moreover the altitude of UGanda is less than 1600 which reduces the head size of the rose. leave alone they will save on logistics and the World bank incestives.

I say: I guess you know better than the Flower Businesses themselves, because they are saying that the main attractive reason for the move is Ethiopia's economic incentives, mainly tax incentives to lure in foreign capital. But again, that ain't the point. Because, A business man does not pack up , close down his business and move into CHAOS in Ethiopia. He moves because of stability. You follow my drift.

The rest, as you said, is like a joke not worthy of a response.





4. 185 Million dollars granted to fight poverty.
They are buying their own security. More poverty creates problem in the regions which threatens their peace. There is nothing called a free lunch.

5. New cement and other factories being built.
This is a joke and I'm not going to address it as it will degrade the issues.
6. Every major leader in the world coming to Addis.
Who ... could you please name one....
7. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN ETHIOPIA PRESENTLY IS NOT HAVING ENOUGH CEMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION BOOM FOLKS. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A NATION ABOUT TO FALL.

I disagree , the biggest problem in Ethiopia at the moment are as follows:-
1. Luck of Individual rights
2. Independent justice system
3. Accountable police force
4. Professional Army
5. Free media

If we had the above institutions, EPRDF would not have been in power for the last two years.These are the problems. But then again as an EPRDF supporter I don't expect you to think thus far.

Laynut

8:52 AM

ethio-Zagol said...

I may be forced to use comment moderation from time to time if some of the participants in this forum continue to use ethnic slurs. Please limit the discussion of issues.

Anonymous said...

For the above keep dreaming Anon read this facts:

Slums of Addis: where globalization seems far away

Aaron Maasho
AFP
January 18, 2007

Meles , Inc wants to sell Ethiopia as a beacon of growth and according to Walta Ethiopia is really getting close to Germany but the facts does not lie.
In Ethiopia, a recent survey found that 80 percent of the country's urban population live in slums that fail to meet basic sanitary benchmarks

80% of 6 million people in Addis Abeba live in slums!!! This after 15 years of meles , Inc running the country.

More than 40 percent have no more than one room while 42 percent lacked toilets and 39 percent were without kitchens. This is what Meles, Inc calls development

Ethiopia is one of the world's poorest countries and depends heavily on international assistance for its budget. Around half of its 72 million people live on less than $1 a day

Anonymous said...

There was no ethnic slur, Ethio=Zagol moderator is acting in dictatorial fasion. Let loose man, I did not bring ETHNOCENTRIC ideology to divide the Ethiopian people are conquere, if you wanna blame then go ahead and blame the culprite, TPLF/WOYANE. And by the way TPLF is the name they chose, and WOYANE is the name they chose. To this day they have a radio program called WOYINE, na da newspaper called WOYANE distributed only in Tigrea. So don't delete my posts for pointing out the truth. Its NOT my fault AGAZI (TIGREA only military force) kills my fellow Ethiopians and I happen to mention it. They did use them to MASSACRE INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS protesting peacefully, all they did was calling for accountability for indescriminately MURDERING ETHIOPIANS. So stop pressuring me in an attempt to muzzle me or make me say nice stuff about TPLF/WOYANE, if the was anything nice I could say I would but they ahev nothing nice to say about them. I amsorry to disappoint you all, but those are facts.

Anonymous said...

Orthodox Epiphany fills
the streets of Addis
By Emmanuel Goujon
January 20, 2007
Ethiopian Orthodox deacons pray during religious celebrations in Addis Ababa. A sea of faithful resplendently dressed in white have filled the streets of the Ethiopian capital to celebrate the annual Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus Christ.(AFP/Marco Longari)
ADDIS ABABA - A sea of faithful resplendently dressed in white have filled the streets of the Ethiopian capital to celebrate the annual Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus Christ.

A sea of faithful resplendently dressed in white have filled the streets of the Ethiopian capital to celebrate the annual Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus Christ.

Jubilant crowds from Addis Ababa's 13 Orthodox Churches descended on city streets for the religious ritual, locally known as "Timkat", marked on the 11th day of the fifth month in accordance with the Orthodox calender.

Making prayer pit-stops, the procession walked behind replicas of tablets of the Biblical Ten Commandments, removed once a year during the festival from the Ark of the Covenant -- the vessel in which the Commandments are believed to have been held and which the Orthodox church here maintains is located in Ethiopia.

Children, adorned in the national red, orange and green colours, walked alongside white-veiled adults as they belted out hymns and beat drums. The priests from the hexagonal churches and the monks and nuns wore their most ornate robes and habits.

"The message is, this is the feast of our faith, the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ is for our own sake," said Abuna Paulos, the patriarch of the country's 35,000 Orthodox churches.

"When we speak about religion or about Christianity, we are speaking about peace," he told AFP.

Second only to Christmas in religious importance to Ethiopians, the festival attracts hundreds of thousands of faithful and tourists to Addis Ababa and is capped by a water drenching session to symbolise the baptism of Jesus Christ.

According to the church's lore, Ethiopia's first emperor Menelik I took the Ark of the Covenant from Jews in Jerusalem because they had lost faith and were no longer observing God's commandments handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Menelik I, the founder of the Ethiopian empire, is traditionally believed to be the son of the Biblical King Solomon and Queen Sheba.

He is said to have brought the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia after the destruction of Solomon's Temple and according to that legend, the Ark should be preciously conserved in the Axoum church north of the country.

At the festival, the tablets from the 13 Addis Ababa churches are placed in the middle of the crowd, which holds night-long prayers before the symbolic baptism.

The faithful seek out blessings from the priests, prostating themselves before crosses as women touch the grounds trodden by Abuna and touch their childrens' foreheads as a symbol of blessing to their offspring.

At dawn of the following day, Abuna plunges a giant cross in water to bless the crowd and later spray pipes are turned on to shower the swollen crowd of believers, the most faithful of whom will remain fully dressed for the dowsing.